Discussion Essay on Essentials of Organizational Behavior

  • Summarize the conclusions of trait theories of leadership.
  • Identify the central tenets and main limitations of behavioral theories.
  • Contrast contingency theories of leadership.
  • Describe the contemporary theories of leadership and their relationship to foundational theories.
  • Discuss the roles of leaders in creating ethical organizations.
  • Describe how leaders can have a positive impact on their organizations through building trust and mentoring.
  • Identify the challenges to our understanding of leadership.

What Is Leadership?

  • Leadership: The ability to influence a group toward the achievement of a vision or a set of goals
  • Trait theories of leadership: focus on personal qualities and characteristics


Which of the leadership methods described in Chapter 12 of Robbins and Judge have the most in common with Lewin’s 3-Stage Model? Compared to Lewin’s model, what, if anything, is missing from the leadership style or styles you chose?